Anti-litter plan criticised

A new campaign to tidy up key tourist areas is being criticised by a major anti-litter group.

A new campaign to tidy up key tourist areas is being criticised by a major anti-litter group.

The Department of the Environment has set aside €1.5m to help local authorities tackle rubbish in scenic spots and visitor areas.

But Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) group says that roads are the responsibility of the National Roads Authority, who are failing in their job.

Chairman of IBAL Tom Cavanagh said the new scheme is welcome, but it is the wrong approach.

"I'm all for what is being mooted, but this doesn't tackle (the littering of) our approach roads," Mr Cavanagh said.

"75% of all tourists come in through Dublin Airport… as they leave the airport they are greeted with a main road which is filthy."

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